Chemical-Free Future Food System

Aquaponics: a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics

Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines aquaculture (raising fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) and hydroponics (growing plants in water) in a symbiotic environment enhancing lushness and growth without the use of chemicals.

The plants are fed on the waste produced by the fish, which is what the plants require. The fishes job is to provide 10 of the 13 nutrients needed. The 3 missing nutrients - potassium, iron and calcium - can be added manually when required. The plant's job is to clean the water for the fish to live in - SIMPLE. A reticulating system using less water and space.

Aquaponics is not new, far from it. These are methods used by our ancestors so many centuries ago, that have been slowly replaced by modern technology and, sadly, chemicals.

Simply put Aquaponics is a combination of hydroponics (soil-less growing), and aquaculture methods working together. We believe this to be the next level of gardening.

We call it The Future Food Production System


Our mentor Murray Hallam explains Aquaponics

How is Aquaponics different from growing in soil?

  • It uses less than 2% of water that traditional produce farming does.
  • It is energy-efficient: our current system uses one-tenth of the energy conventional produce farming does!
  • It has eight to ten times more vegetable production than traditional soil-growing in the same area and time.

What are the benefits of Aquaponics?

  • All systems are fully scalable from indoor - backyard family systems to full commercial systems.
  • It is pure, clean, and natural. In the United States Aquaponics has been Certified Organic.
  • No purchasing of fertilizers or other chemicals
  • Uses less water
  • No polluting our waterways
  • You can grow more in smaller spaces
  • Easier to manage and less work once setup correctly
  • Fish eradicate mosquitoes in a LARGE surrounding area!
  • Aquaponics is easy to learn and operate; anyone can do this. We know of a 16yr old who has built his system slowly in his mama’s backyard from gathered recycled materials. Absolutely awesome and encouraging.

We’re bringing domestic Aquaponics to New Zealand

We are currently building an Aquaponics centre in Wanganui. Here we will help educate ordinary New Zealanders about the value of aquaponics and through workshops get them started with their own systems, so that ultimately they may provide food for their own families.

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